Erasing a bad memory for a good purpose: How mafia seized properties have become socially useful

Jul 02, 2022 289

BY: Giorgia orlandi

Tetiana and her family didn’t have an easy escape from Ukraine after surviving the horrors of their family home of Bucha, a symbol of war atrocities allegedly committed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine. Their priority was to find a place where they could eventually feel safe but they didn't seem concerned about the history of the Italian house where they are now living.

It's a place like no other given that the property used to belong to Italy’s ‘Ndrangheta – one of the country’s most powerful Mafia-type organisations. According to the mayor and following the decision taken by the Interior Ministry, this house in Rescaldina is the first example of Mafia-seized property that is now being used to welcome Ukrainian refugees.

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